No Nexus For Novartis Gilenya Patent

In Novartis AG v. Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd., the Federal Circuit affirmed the decision of the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) invalidating all claims of U.S. Patent 8,324,283, which is one of four Orange Book-listed patents for GILENYA. Among other issues, the court affirmed the PTAB’s finding that the asserted objective indicia of non-obviousness lacked sufficient nexus to the claimed invention to warrant a different outcome. Continue reading this entry

Angiomax Patents Limited To Example

In The Medicines Co. v. Mylan, Inc., the Federal Circuit construed composition claims of two Angiomax patents as requiring the recited “batches” to be made by a specific “efficient mixing” process illustrated in one of the examples. While doing so may have preserved the validity of the patents, it required reversal of the district court’s infringement ruling.  Continue reading this entry

PTAB Not Bound By Prior Court Decisions Upholding Exelon Patents

In Novartis v. Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decisions invalidating certain claims of two Orange Book-listed Exelon patents. This decision has garnered attention because the patents previously were upheld by the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware in a decision that also was affirmed by the Federal Circuit. The court blames Congress, not the PTAB, for these different outcomes.  Continue reading this entry

Biosimilar Remedies Not Limited Without Full Patent Dance

The judge presiding over the pending biosimilar litigation between Janssen and Celltrion/Hospira has issued guidance regarding the ramifications of a potential standing defect. Judge Wolf opined that Janssen’s biosimilar remedies would not be limited to a reasonable royalty under 35 USC § 271(e)(6) if it turns out that Janssen lacks standing for failure to join all owners of the patents-in-suit, and must file a new suit. He announced his guidance at hearings on February 23-24, and in a written Memorandum and Order issued March 2. Continue reading this entry

Will The Avastin Biosimilar Patent Dance Go On?

Judge Sleet of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware has dismissed Genentech’s complaint against Amgen for allegedly failing to comply with the the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), but the Avastin biosimilar patent dance still may go on. Judge Sleet dismissed the complaint without prejudice and gave Genentech 45 days to amend its complaint. Perhaps more importantly, the clock still may be running against Genentech to make the next move in the patent dance. Continue reading this entry